For months now, as many of you know, I have been trying various ways to enlist the help of the community so I can keep up with She Writes and get back to my writing, too. And you have always responded so beautifully, for which I can't thank you enough. (I'm particularly indebted to our volunteer coordinators, Amber and Monica, and Caitlyn and Erica, the fabulous SW interns this fall.)
But this week, as I launched SheWriMo and then didn't do a damn thing on my new book idea all week, I realized that what I really need is a sabbatical. A real one. Like the email-auto-responder kind.
So for the next four months, I am going down the writerly rabbit hole, as my dear friend and fellow SW founder Deborah Siegel did before me. I will be SheWriMo-ing for the next four months, but not online. I finally have a novel idea that is incredibly exciting to me, and I don't want to put it off. I might lose the creative steam I feel building behind me, and having gone years now without feeling that momentum, I know it's not to be squandered.
With this in mind, I thought I'd turn, for the next four months (till the end of February), to you. I'm looking for guest-editors for the SW blog from now until then. BROOKE WARNER and FIONA ROBYN have already volunteered -- and slots may fill fast -- so please, write to me at email@example.com if you are interested. Guest-editors will be expected to get one-to-two new posts up six days of the week they are on duty, preferably not just written by themselves (ha). They are expected to uphold the mission of She Writes: to educate, enlighten and be generous to all, without using the platform solely as a tool for self-promotion. And that's about it. Hopefully not much to ask of a dozen or so of you, but something that would be a real game-changer for me.
At one point early in the life of She Writes (just two and a half years ago!), I was invited to speak to a group of novelists in New York about the site. One writer, who I admire a great deal and is very well-known, promptly raised her hand and said, "Why would I want to be part of a site like that? How will I ever get my writing done?"
"The whole point of She Writes," I answered, "is that none of us has to carry it alone. When we need to go write, we can, because when the lonely work is finished and we are ready -- and required -- to be out in the world again, She Writes will be there. I started it so that none of us has to be on ALL the time. We take turns nurturing it when we can."
It's time for me to take my own advice. Obviously this will be an experiment of sorts, and I hope it works. But in the meantime, thanks for understanding, and good luck with whatever your heart desires from now until early 2012. I will be rooting for you to succeed in all your endeavors from now until then, too.